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Election Wrap – 9 October

By johnboy - 9 October 2008 31

Mental Health:

The CT’s David McLennan has struggled manfully to keep track of the rivers of gold being thrown at mental health by both parties.

CAP:

According to the Canberra Times the Community Alliance is looking for a volunteer to organise their events. A little late in the day surely?

Norvan Vogt wants to keep things simple when it comes to mental health policy.

Labor:

The CT tries to get across a growing mess in the upkeep of the Supreme Court. There’s a press conference with Simon and JonKat there this morning which might address the issues.

Simon Corbell has announced he’ll set up a “sentencing council” to slap around judges handing out inadequate sentences. Someone’s been listening.

Jon Stanhope is excited that the Green Building Council has opened a Canberra office. If re-elected he’ll give them $75,000 for a study on refurbishing old buildings with an eye to green star ratings. Wake me up when something happens.

Katy Gallagher is having a go at perceived failings in the Liberal mental health policy.

Andrew Barr would like to know where the Liberal education policy is. Lost behind the couch? Or the dog ate it?

Liberals:

Zed’s promised the Canberra Times that he’d move any power station / data centre away from Tuggeranong.

The election turns once more to Gungahlin with Zed announcing he will build a swimming pool, and even a PCYC, and a swag of other goodies besides.

Adam Verwey:

Adam is calling for continuous disclosure of political donations. In this internet era the only reason why not to is an effort to put one over voters.

Mulcahy Canberra Party:

Richard Mulcahy is going in to bat for his beloved Canberra Symphony Orchestra. He wants more ACT Government funding for the music enjoyed by the wealthiest Canberrans.

Motorists Party:

One Nation On Wheels (aka The Australian Motorists Party) haven’t got anything official out, but I heard them on 666 yesterday calling for kids expelled from schools to be sent to Quamby, a facility we don’t even want to send criminally convicted felons to.

Greens:

The Greens are calling on supporters to stay calm about early positive polling numbers. They’re asking supporters to keep putting in the hard yards.

Meredith Hunter promises the Greens would make better use of Federale funding for household energy efficiency.

What’s Your opinion?


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31 Responses to
Election Wrap – 9 October
ns 2:06 pm 09 Oct 08

Oh wait, or did you mean that there were 34 in the audience not including the candidates?

Actually that’s much more likely and definitely better numbers. 32 is decent I guess but I still think that’s low for a Meet the Candidates forum.

ns 2:03 pm 09 Oct 08

Gungahlin Al said :

There were 34 in the audience, and I think 24 candidates. I know of one partner and one adviser in the audience, but wasn’t interrogating everyone.

So there were only 8 genuine community members?

Good god, that is a farce! The way GungahlinAl and JR go on about GCC I thought GCC may have actually been relevant in the Gungahlin community and maybe even a significant player (in context of community councils).

I infrequently go to Woden Valley Community Council and I don’t think I’ve ever attended one with such low attendance. Admittedly I didn’t go to their Meet the Candidates night, but whenever they have Ministers along there’s usually atleast 40 people in the room (two thirds of whom would be genuine WVCC members). There was one a few months back with Barr with easily 40+ people.

politikos 1:26 pm 09 Oct 08

Gungahlin Al said :

All candidates should have done their homework and got across their party’s policy platforms. It was clear from some of the responses who had and who had not. It was also clear that some are articulate speakers and would likely be able to perform well in the Assembly, and others would struggle. And there were some surprise packages there too.

Could you elaborate, Al? Some of us have lousy internet connections and won’t be able to view the video.

Gungahlin Al 1:10 pm 09 Oct 08

Some of us have jobs D-Man.

Ah well, the video of the full meeting will be posted to our site likely tonight, so people can view and make their own minds up.

To clarify, no-one left part-way through. There were 34 in the audience, and I think 24 candidates. I know of one partner and one adviser in the audience, but wasn’t interrogating everyone. And the greater majority of people stayed around until well afterwards as well, with the last people leaving around 10.30.

We came up with a format to specifically get every single candidate to speak. They want our votes, so we should hear from them, not let them hide behind well-skilled incumbents. There were some cranky faces among some of said incumbents. Tough. All candidates should have done their homework and got across their party’s policy platforms. It was clear from some of the responses who had and who had not. It was also clear that some are articulate speakers and would likely be able to perform well in the Assembly, and others would struggle. And there were some surprise packages there too.

This approach avoided some of the things that have occurred at other candidates outings. For instance, at the Light Rail meeting, Simon Corbell gave all the answers for ALP (even though the transport minister was there and numerous ALP candidates). And candidates were not allowed to ask questions of other candidates, a problem elsewhere.

Anyway, GCC’s a democratic organisation. You sticking your hand up? Nah didn’t think so.

LG 1:03 pm 09 Oct 08

The motorists party… what the hell kind of stupid idea is that?

johnboy 12:50 pm 09 Oct 08

What exactly went wrong?

D-Man 12:48 pm 09 Oct 08

Still nothing from the Emperors of Gungahlin on their forum last night i see. Shame. I’m having a crap day and wanted to see them describe what a brilliant success it was…

politikos 12:27 pm 09 Oct 08

johnboy said :

politikos said :

I agree they have some patrons who are not well heeled.

But I’ve seen the foyer at intermission time and they would be the exception rather than the rule.

Johnboy, perhaps you’re judging too much by appearances?! You can dress well without spending much money. After all, it costs more to dress in Levis and Nike runners than in a nice dress!

johnboy 11:50 am 09 Oct 08

politikos said :

Mulcahy gets points with me for supporting the Symphony. I’m by no means wealthy, but I’ve always loved classical music and know lots of others who do too (who aren’t among the “wealthiest Canberrans”). So much money is given to sport, why not some to what’s left of the arts?!

I agree they have some patrons who are not well heeled.

But I’ve seen the foyer at intermission time and they would be the exception rather than the rule.

politikos 11:47 am 09 Oct 08

Mulcahy gets points with me for supporting the Symphony. I’m by no means wealthy, but I’ve always loved classical music and know lots of others who do too (who aren’t among the “wealthiest Canberrans”). So much money is given to sport, why not some to what’s left of the arts?!

MrMagoo 11:40 am 09 Oct 08

One Nationa on Wheels, now that my friends is 1st class top draw humour. Oh well if quamby is closed they can get the expelled kids to build their bloody drgway. child Labour, works for Nike.

Granny 10:32 am 09 Oct 08

How did you know Zed was excellent if you weren’t there “SwingingVoter”? You may well be the dumbest individual I have ever encountered.

SwingingVoter 10:18 am 09 Oct 08

D-Man said :

I’m surprised there’s nothing on the GCC forum last night. It was a complete farce. There were more candidates than crowd members, the format of the evening was utterly bizarre and the moderator was disastrously bad. Again, once you exclude spouses, apparatchiks and political groupies, there was a total of 8 genuine residents there. My colleague reckons there was only 4, but it’s possible some left half way. God I wish I had been able to. GCC are a laughing stock after last night.

A friend of mine attended and said it was a disgrace.

Re my post yesterday of the Libs trotting out Belinda Barnier as their Green Candidate, it happened last night at GCC – Zed was directing the questions asked to certain candidates and guess what Belinda got the Greenie question re animals and wildlife corridors from my friend from an animal liberation group. I suspect more will come as their spin doctors get onto it.

As usual Zed was excellent.

jakez 10:02 am 09 Oct 08

*Jake sits back and waits for Jonathon Reynolds and Gungahlin Al to read D-Mans post*

Hilarity surely will ensue.

D-Man 10:01 am 09 Oct 08

I’m surprised there’s nothing on the GCC forum last night. It was a complete farce. There were more candidates than crowd members, the format of the evening was utterly bizarre and the moderator was disastrously bad. Again, once you exclude spouses, apparatchiks and political groupies, there was a total of 8 genuine residents there. My colleague reckons there was only 4, but it’s possible some left half way. God I wish I had been able to. GCC are a laughing stock after last night.

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